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TOPIC: Install software on many systems

Install software on many systems 10 years 11 months ago #25661


I am wondering what is the best way to install programs on around 200 systems. I have tried to do this through group policy but it doesn't seem to always work.

flash installed fine , but java only said it installed . When it came down to the users going to a java site it acted as if it wern't there.

There just has to be a better way than going to each one and installing manually like my boss wants me to do.

Re: Install software on many systems 10 years 11 months ago #25680

Are you looking to automate the installs of just Java or anything that comes your way?

This is kind of a two part question:
1) How to automate installation
2) How to deploy the installation to 200+ computers
(since you obviously just don't want to push the .exe file to the computers and have the install sitting there waiting for someone to click "Next")

It depends on the software that you're trying to install. If it's an MSI package, first make a batch file that'll launch the MSI file with the /qb switches and the default install will be performed. If it's an Installshield-based install, first you have to run the .exe file from CMD with the -r command, then grab the setup.iss file from the Windows directory and drop it where the .exe file is. Then create a batch file that'll say something like this setup.exe /s /f1\\locationOfinstall\setup.iss. I've mostly automated MSI and Installshield so haven't worked with the others. After you have the automated install piece done, you have to deploy (obviously). If you don't have fancy software to push out to all the machines (Altiris, SMS, etc), then you're short on options, and have to figure out why group policy isn't working.

Mass deployment is very popular, so I wouldn't be surprised if you found detailed directions on how to mass deploy Java.

Let us know if you need more details.

Also, give us some details on how you're using group policy to deploy it, along with the MSI/ZAP that you're using

Re: Install software on many systems 10 years 10 months ago #25959

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You can use some VB Script to run at startup using group policy to activate the script at startup or by specifying a logon script in AD User's and Computer's.

The script can check if the App is already install and if not install it from a central location

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